According to Autosport, Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has announced that Fernando Alonso will drive for Ferrari at some point.
However, Montezemolo ruled out the possibility that he will race for the team in 2010, all but confirming that the contracts of Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa will be honored next season.
Montezemolo's statement seems to confirm reports before the 2009 season that Alonso had signed a contract with Ferrari to drive for them in 2011, after the contracts with their two current race drivers expire. These comments thus intelligently diffuse an explosive situation regarding rumors about the teams cockpit for next season. This has been accomplished by admitting that Ferrari will employ Alonso someday and allowing everyone to get on with the work for next season.
His comments also seem to hint at something of a power struggle within Ferrari. Montezemolo presents himself as the man who is truly running the team, implying that he is the one who wants Alonso to drive for Ferrari and will "make it happen."
I would now like to turn the forum over to Paul, who will surely have lots of interesting things to say about this announcement.